Coast Region Football Association (COREFA) chairman Hassan Othman ‘Hassanoo’and five others yesterday have filed a request for bail at the High Court.
Hasanoo and his colleagues were arraigned before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court at the end of last week charged with three counts including an alleged unlawfully involvement in transportation of ivory worth 1.1bln/-from Dar es Salaam to Hong Kong.
The accused remained in custody as the magistrate Ritha Tarimo who was schedule to presiding over their case was absent. Magistrate Augustina Mmbando heard the case on behalf of Tarimo and told the accused not to answer anything because the charge sheet was not attached with the document from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
However, the High Court is the only one which can grant bail to the accused for cases of such nature.
Besides Hasanoo other accused are Ally Kimwaga, Dunstan Mwanga, Godfrey Mwanga, John Mlai and Khalid Fazaldin.
It was alleged by State Attorney Shadrack Kimaro that on September 1 and November 20, this year at Dar es Salaam and Hong Kong the accused conspired and involved themselves with the transaction of trophies without a permit.
On the second count it was alleged that on the same date and place the accused with intent to defraud arranged, implemented and facilitated the trade financing to be done the business of 569 pieces of ivory, weighing 1,330 kilograms valued at 1,185,030,000/- to Hong Kong.
On the third count it was alleged that the accused were involved in the fraudulent transaction contrary to section 80 and 34 of the of the wildlife conservation act.
The case was adjourned until today.